October 24, 2018


Arla commits to supporting local dairy production in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's demand for milk is growing. However, with local dairy production only meeting 40% of its requirement, Arla Foods, and Bangladesh's leading dairy cooperative, MilkVita, are collaborating to support the sustainable development of the country's dairy sector.


The agreement with MilkVita was signed at the P4G Summit in Copenhagen recently. As well as enabling knowledge sharing between MilkVita, Arla Foods and relevant knowledge institutions and ministries, best practice from the Danish dairy sector will be exchanged with the aim of fulfilling the country's commitment to improving quality standards to the level of those applied in Europe.

Working with Arla will also enable MilkVita to strengthen Bangladesh's cooperative dairy model and it will draw on Arla's expertise to increase the yield per cow. The benefit for Arla is that it will gain a better understanding of the dairy sector in Bangladesh, enabling it to develop targeted products for a market which holds great potential.

Arla's executive vice president for International, Tim Ørting Jørgensen, said, "As a dairy cooperative with over 100 years of dairy experience on which drawn, we look forward to inspiring MilkVita and sharing our extensive knowledge about sustainable dairy farming, food safety and technology.

"The agreement is also a further example of Arla's commitment to the UN's sustainable development goals as we will support the development Bangladesh's agricultural sector, which in turn will strengthen sustainably produced milk and improve the livelihoods of farmers."

Arla has a presence in Bangladesh since 1961 and its DANO milk powder brand is said to be the "best known" in the country.